We are now looking to recruit volunteers for our new Family Support Project. We are looking for friendly, reliable people who can provide low level practical support to families who have a child living with the effects of a brain injury. This may include practical tasks such as light housework or small amounts of shopping. You will not be expected to provide personal care.
We are also looking for Volunteer Befrienders to offer emotional support through times of change to these families.
Like working outdoors? Then this may be the volunteer role you are looking for – Volunteer Gardner to carry out tasks such as general garden tidying and cutting of grass for families who are struggling to carry out domestic chores due to their caring role for a child living with a brain injury.
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"Families and professionals spend time focusing on the negative aspects of ABI. Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
"Brain development is complex and prolonged. Brain plasticity is influenced by a range of factors. Plasticity provides a base for neuro-rehab therapies and treatment"
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury. Stressful experiences alter brain development of a child, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
"Different 'experts' involved in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."